Andrew Somerville pursues a varied career as a saxophonist, teacher, and researcher. His extensive performance experience includes recital, concerto and chamber engagements at Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Southbank Center, Wigmore Hall, and music clubs throughout Scotland. Committed to new music, he has premiered new works for saxophone quartet by Charlotte Bray, Tansy Davies, and Edward McGuire. He has also worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Andrew’s musicological research generates traditional written outputs and research-led artistic practice, and he is pursuing an additional interest in learning and teaching for music higher education through further postgraduate work at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS).
Andrew is saxophone lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has recently presented masterclasses at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, St Mary’s Music School, and university music schools across the USA. He previously taught at the University of St Andrews and RCS Junior Conservatoire, and held teaching assistantships while pursuing postgraduate studies at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. He is also a graduate of the Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow, where his studies were generously funded by the Caird Trust, Help Musicians, and the Wingate Foundation. Andrew’s saxophone teachers were Debra Richtmeyer, Frederick Hemke, Kyle Horch, Martin Robertson, and Josef Pacewicz.